A couple great meets for Viking swim team

Friday, September 16, 2022 2:49 pm

With the season well under way, the Decorah girls’ swim and dive team took to the water for an invite and dual recently with good results.

Third place
The Vikings collected 387 points Saturday at the Waterloo West Wahawk Invitational to claim third place. 
“I am proud of how the team swam on Saturday. We placed third overall as a team, only 40 points out of winning the meet. We are making great progress, swimming lots of yards, hoping it all pays off once the championship season comes around,” said Coach Loran Storts.
Decorah won three golds for the day including Katerina Kovarik in the 200-yard individual medley. The senior made waves in the pool to touch the wall first in 2:29.73. 

Trojans stretch their legs at Starmont

Friday, September 16, 2022 2:47 pm

Back in action Tuesday, the small Trojan cross country teams competed in the Starmont invitational without fielding a team.
Junior Russell Nieman continued to improve his time on the 5K course, crossing the finish line in 18:35.24, to take 33rd overall varsity boys’ race.
Bode Balk was on the course in junior varsity action, stopping the clock at 21:14.92, good for 27th place.

South Winn goes 2-3 at Jesup

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:19 pm

The South Winn volleyball team (2-9, 0-0 UIC) captured their first two wins on the season on Saturday at the Jesup tournament. In a busy day of action, the Warriors defeated Alburnett (2-14) and West Central (2-4). 
In the first match of the day, the Warriors picked up a first set win against the eventual tournament champion, Jesup (5-6), but the J-Hawks rallied to win the final two sets to win 2-1. Set scores were 21-18, 11-21 and 11-15.
The Warriors went on to win their next two matches before losing to Central Elkader (6-15) and North Linn (10-4) to finish the day. South Winn defeated Alburnett by sets of 21-18, 19-21 and 15-10 and West Central in two sets, 24-22 and 22-20. Facing Upper Iowa Conference foe Central Elkader, South Winn dropped the match by sets of 14-21 and 6-21, with the day ending with North Linn 8-21 and 15-21.

Unstoppable; Warriors pound Eagles 53-19

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:16 pm

It was raining touchdowns in Guttenberg Friday night as the South Winn football team (1-2, 1-1) crushed Clayton Ridge (1-2, 0-1), 53-19.
The Warriors scored 32 points in the first quarter alone en route to their first victory this season.
“The coaching staff made some adjustments this week and the players responded well.  We played our best game to this point on offense, defense and special teams,” said Coach Jason Ohrt. “Keagen Streeter, Brady Ohrt and Parker Timp all ran the ball very well and our offensive line had their best night led by Jordan Baumler, Carlos Macario and Landon Garcia. Assistant coaches Payton Haynes and Mike Wenthold put together a solid game plan that the kids worked really hard on in practice this week.”

Area athletes run through rain and mud in All-American Saturday

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:15 pm

It was far from the perfect day for a cross country meet Saturday as Luther College played host to the All-American cross country meet. The event featured teams from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin, competing in middle school, junior varsity, varsity and collegiate courses. Locally, Decorah, South Winn and Turkey Valley all competed.

No. 4 Vikes take down Indee for first time

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:12 pm

The Vikings proved how much tenacity they have as the Decorah volleyball team (10-1, 1-0 NEIC) defeated Independence (6-7) for the first time in school history at home Thursday, 3-1. Set scores were 25-17, 25-18, 24-26 and 25-12.
“We passed the ball very well against Independence which allowed our setters to move the ball around. We had a lot of good things happen but still have some things to tighten up,” said Coach Gina Holthaus. “We are looking forward to traveling to Waverly on Tuesday.” 

Hawks speed overwhelms Decorah gridders

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:10 pm

Coming off a big win over Waukon a week ago, the Decorah football team (1-2) were hoping to keep rolling in non-district action as it hosted West Delaware Friday night. However, the speed of the Hawks proved to be a challenge as the visitors scored in each quarter for the 42-6 win.
“West Delaware is a big and talented team. Their play and physicality were excellent,” said Coach Pat Trewin. “We did not play our best. They mixed some things up within both their defensive and offensive schemes and we did not adjust well. We plan to learn from this and work hard to improve.”

Trojans fall on hard times

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 3:09 pm

It was a rough day on the court as the Turkey Valley volleyball team (1-4) fell in four matches at the Kepros Invite hosted by Crestwood Saturday.
The day began versus Crestwood (4-5) where the Trojans lost 12-21 and 18-21. Facing Class 2A No. 6 Lisbon (14-1) were unable to get the momentum going, ultimately losing 8-21 and 11-21. Next up was Waukon (8-5) where the Red and White fell in two sets, 17-21 and 7-21.

First half scoring gives Vikes edge over Waukon

Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:10 pm

Four touchdowns in the first half was just enough for the Decorah football team (1-1) to escape with a 27-24 win over Waukon (0-2) on the road Friday night.
“We are proud of the way our team came out to play and how they competed for the whole game. We still have many areas to improve in and we can still play more physically,” said Coach Pat Trewin. “We had a few penalties and turnovers that could have cost us, and we need to make sure we execute our assignment correctly. However, it was great progress from game one to game two.”

Dons limit Trojans offense

Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:08 pm

   The Turkey Valley football team (1-1, 0-0) simply couldn’t keep the ball moving down the field against Don Bosco (2-0, 0-0) Friday night at home, falling 48-8.
   “Don Bosco dominated the game on both sides of the ball, and we struggled to get any offense going to move the ball. The defense was on the field most of the night,” said Coach Mark Scott. “I hope we learned what it takes to play at the level we need to play at to make a run in the postseason.”

Mistakes costly in Warrior loss to Maq. Valley

Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:07 pm

   Friday night it was clear that Maquoketa Valley was the better team as the South Winn football team (0-2, 0-1) hosted the Wildcats (2-0, 1-0) in a district contest.
   “We had a few mistakes on both sides of the ball to put us down 12-0 at the half. Maquoketa Valley blocked and tackled well all night and they have a special talent at the tailback position,” said Coach Jason Ohrt. “Despite the loss we had some bright spots. Kyle Kuboushek was very impressive transitioning this week to the defensive line. Parker Timp played well defensively despite dealing with a lower back injury and Keagen Streeter ran hard on offense and tackled well on defense.”

No. 4 Decorah takes on Caledonia, Crestwood

Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:05 pm

   It came down to the wire last week as the fourth-ranked Decorah volleyball team (8-1, 1-0 NEIC) went out of state to take on Caledonia before opening the conference season with a win over Crestwood Tuesday night at home.

Rocky start for SW volleyball

Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:03 pm

   Facing ranked opponents and larger schools, the South Winn volleyball team (0-6, 0-0 UIC) is working to finish the close games in the their favor after falling to Crestwood Thursday and a trio of teams at Saturday’s tournament at New Hampton.

Viking harriers showcase talent at Dick Pollitt Classic

Thursday, September 8, 2022 4:00 pm

   Taking on some of the best teams in the area, the Decorah girls’ and boys’ cross country teams competed in the annual Dick Pollitt Go-Hawk Classic Tuesday in Waverly. The Viking boys came out on top of the standings.
   “We showed improvement from last week. If we can become more disciplined in our approach we will continue to get faster,” said the boys’ coach Brad Johansen.
   The Classic utilizes a different scoring method than other meets. Each high school squad is divided into grades. Harriers competed against runners only at their age level. To form an overall team score, the squad’s top-five runners, with no more than two representatives for each grade level, are combined. Individual grade level races are scored by each team’s top-three runners.

Warrior girls race at front of pack

Thursday, September 8, 2022 3:57 pm

   Last Thursday, the South Winn and Turkey Valley cross country teams competed at Charles City. The meet was run as a junior/senior race and a freshmen/sophomore event. No team scores were kept.

Five veterans set to lead Trojans

Thursday, September 8, 2022 3:55 pm

   There may be a new coach on the bench, but the Turkey Valley volleyball team will have familiar faces on the court in 2022, despite graduating several key pieces to the squad.
   Putting the team together for her first season is Shelbie Balk, who will likely rely on the five veteran players on the court.

28 swimmers making a splash for DHS swim team

Thursday, September 8, 2022 3:54 pm

   It will be a close-knit bunch that jumps into the pool this season for the Decorah girls’ swim and dive team.
   With 28 athletes anxious to make a splash at the state meet, the Viking swim team could go far this year.
   Leading the way are Co-Head Coaches Loren Storts and Maddy Putnam. They take over for Allie Bachelder and Molly Holkesvik.

Decorah girls look to rise back to top

Thursday, September 8, 2022 3:53 pm

   After missing out on a trip to state last season, the Decorah girls’ cross country team will likely rely on a mix of veterans and young athletes to get back in the hunt for a state title.
   Pushing the girls toward the finish line is Cristy Nimrod for her 21st season, along with assistant coaches Jeff Wettach and Sarah Nowack.

Three harriers with state experience back for Vikings

Thursday, September 8, 2022 3:52 pm

   A strong core of athletes combined with young talent may have what it takes to make some noise on the course for the Decorah boys’ cross country team.
   With three athletes back who ran at Fort Dodge last fall, the Vikings will boast experience on the big stage. However, more up-and-comers are needed to push the team onto the deck.
   Leading the Vikings for his seventh year is Head Coach Brad Johansen. He will be assisted by Tim Hayes.

Solid start for Viking harriers at Oelwein

Thursday, September 8, 2022 3:49 pm

   The Decorah boys’ cross country team showcased a fine performance Tuesday in the opening race of the season.
   The Viking men placed second at the annual Oelwein Invite, scoring 88 points. Oelwein took the title with 49.
   The Decorah girls placed eighth with 171 points with a young team.